Thursday, November 20, 2014

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is one of the best ways to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.  It helps prevent future problems with tooth decay or gum disease.  Detecting signs of gum disease or cavities are easier to treat earlier on and usually less expensive.  By catching issues early on, this potentially could save a lot of money in periodontal or prosthetic work.  Our office recommends an oral exam twice a year.  This includes a cleaning with one of our hygienists, an oral screening for cavities, oral cancer, gum diseases and other problems with the mouth.   One of the most important parts of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is brushing and flossing.  Using toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association, as well as flossing daily is always recommended by our doctors and hygienists.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Invisalign

Do you have a less than perfect smile?  Do you have unwanted spaces between your teeth?  You may be a perfect candidate for Invisalign.  Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.  Our patients enjoy the clear, removable custom trays provided for the straightening process.  Traditional metal braces can irritate the gums and cheeks and even leave spots on teeth once the brackets are removed.  The Invisalign trays, also known as aligners can be removed at your convenience leaving no food restrictions.  Since the trays can be easily removed, patients are able to brush and floss normally keeping up with their daily oral hygiene routine.   Give our office a call to see if you are a great candidate for Invisalign.   

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What To Eat After Tooth Extractions

“What can I eat after having my teeth extracted,” is a common question asked by our patients.  Hopefully this blog will help our patients suffering from swelling and tenderness after having extractions come up with a new menu during their healing process.  Our office stresses to avoid spicy, acidic, hard, sharp and seedy foods.  Smoothies are a great meal supplement.  Be sure when making smoothies, stay away from fruits and vegetables that contain seeds (i.e. strawberries, blackberries, etc.).  Soups and mashed potatoes are also meals strongly suggested during your healing process.  Making mousses, puddings, jellos, ice creams, cottage cheeses, Hummus, applesauce, pancakes, eggs and waffles are some foods to have. During this limited diet, please be sure that you get adequate nutrition. Make sure your diet includes protein and vitamin C. Ensure, Boost or Carnation Instant Breakfast are highly recommended during this time.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Importance of Flossing



Flossing is one of the most important steps in oral health care and help can help maintain a healthy smile. Floss is a tool specifically made to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gums that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t remove.  Flossing before you brush your teeth is more effective than brushing after. Flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective.  With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Tartar build up can eventually lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis.  Leaving this untreated can lead to more serious diseases that go below the gum line causing periodontal disease.  Flossing only takes a few minutes every day, and adds little to the cost of toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouth rinse. It's a small, simple step that can have huge implications for your long-term oral health.